ADD ("Attention Deficit Disorder" ) and ADHD ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder")

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"…, as usage continues to rise, Dr. Fred Baughman, a leading critic of ADHD theory, warns that there still is no valid research to prove that ADHD even exists! To date, according to Baughman, there has never been a single bit of physical evidence to confirm the disease exists. Socalled "experts" on the subject have refused to answer the simple question, "is ADD /ADHD a real disease?" Medical researchers charge that ADHD does not meet the definition of a disease or syndrome or anything organic or biologic. Instead, Baughman charges, ADHD was literally invented by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)…"

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The Educational Effect of Diagnosing Children with ADHD

It is important … to understand that the ADD/ADHD diagnosis was developed specifically for the purpose of justifying the use of drugs to subdue the behaviors of children in the classroom. The content of the diagnosis in the 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association shows that it is specifically aimed at suppressing unwanted behaviors in the classroom. …

Legal Actions
Most recently, four major civil suits have been brought against Novartis, the manufacturer of Ritalin, for fraud in the over-promotion of ADHD and Ritalin. The suits also charge Novartis with conspiring with the American Psychiatric Association and with CHADD, a parents' group that receives money from the pharmaceutical industry and lobbies on their behalf.

Two of the suits are national class action suits, one is a California class action and one is a California business fraud action. The attorneys involved, including Richard Scruggs, Donald Hildre, and C. Andrew Waters have experience and resources generated in suits involving tobacco and asbestos. That they have joined forces to take on Novartis, the American Psychiatric Association, and CHADD indicates a growing wave of dissatisfaction with drugging millions of children.

… Once again, the diagnosis itself, formulated over several decades, leaves no question concerning its purpose: to redefine disruptive classroom behavior into a disease. The ultimate aim is to justify the use of medication to suppress or control the behaviors. Advocates of ADHD and stimulant drugs have claimed that ADHD is associated with changes in the brain. In fact, both the NIH Consensus Development Conference (1998) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (2000) report on ADHD have confirmed that there is no known biological basis for ADHD. Any brain abnormalities in these children are almost certainly caused by prior exposure to psychiatric medication.

How the medications work

Hundreds of animal studies and human clinical trials leave no doubt about how the medication works. First, the drugs suppress all spontaneous behavior. In healthy chimpanzees and other animals, this can be measured with precision as a reduction in all spontaneous or self-generated activities. In animals and in humans, this is manifested in a reduction in the following behaviors: (1) exploration and curiosity; (2) socializing, and (3) playing. Second, the drugs increase obsessive-compulsive behaviors, including very limited, overly focused activities.